With five rounds to play, here are the five men who could walk away with the Coleman Medal at the end of the season.
- Jeremy Cameron (54 goals)
The Giants star is the clear favourite for the Coleman Medal as he sits eight goals ahead of second-placed Ben Brown. Cameron has led the race for most of the season and has not looked back after a stellar start to the campaign, despite a few poor performances halfway through the season. Cameron has booted 15 goals in his last five games, including a haul of six goals in a match-winning performance against Collingwood last week. The Giants’ final two games of the season are against the Western Bulldogs and Gold Coast, two teams Cameron has dominated in the past. The Giants’ star has averaged 3.8 goals per game against the Suns across 12 appearances, including a bag of five goals in round 11 this year. He has also averaged 3.6 goals per game against the Bulldogs, including a bag of six at the start of the season.
- Ben Brown (46 goals)
12 goals in his last three games has propelled Brown to second on the Coleman Medal tally. The North Melbourne ace has consistently been in the mix for the award in recent seasons and once again appears to be in the race with five games remaining. Brown will need to produce a couple of bags to supersede Cameron at the top of the tally, like Jack Riewoldt last season who kicked 10 goals against Gold Coast to march to the award. Brown has a solid record against Geelong and Melbourne this season, two teams the Kangaroos face in the final five games. Brown kicked five goals against the Cats in round 8 and four majors against the Demons in round 3. Unfortunately for Brown, his performance against Geelong this season was an outlier as he kicked five goals in his previous six games against the Cats. If you believe Brown can sneak past Cameron, be sure to check out the latest new Australian betting sites.
- Jack Darling (43 goals)
The Eagles’ sensation has stepped out of Josh Kennedy’s shadows to lead the way up forward for the reigning premiers. Darling has booted 43 goals this campaign, including 17 goals in his last five games. The 27-year-old is the most inform player on the list but may have left his run a little too late for the award. Darlings form against the Eagles’ upcoming opponents is ordinary, except for Richmond who he averages three goals against, including six goals in their last encounter in round 5, 2018. A positive for Darling is that three of the Eagles five games are at Optus Stadium, a venue that he averages 2.8 goals at.
- Tom Hawkins (42 goals)
Hawkins’ past five weeks may have put him out of the running for the medal. The Cats star kicked 35 goals in his first 12 games of the season, including five consecutive bags of four goals between rounds 8 to 12, yet has only managed to kick seven goals in his last five games, a dip in form which has coincided with the Cats form slump. Hawkins has struggled against Carlton, who the Cats face at the end of the season. However, Geelong face Brisbane who Hawkins has kicked 50 goals against in 15 games.
- Tom Lynch (40 goals)
With Jack Riewoldt back in the team, Lynch may struggle to kick enough goals to keep himself in contention for the Coleman Medal. The Tigers star could have been further up on the standings had he been more accurate in front of goal this season. Lynch however has been in good form over the last five weeks, booting 14 goals. He also comes up against Carlton, a team he averages 3.9 goals against. Also, in Lynch’s favour is the prospect of the Tigers playing all of their remaining five games at the MCG.